Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

July 06, 2005 19:32 ET


Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor HECLA ISLAND, MANITOBA--(CCNMatthews - July 6, 2005) - The wind picked up and Hecla Golf Course yielded only four under-par rounds as Steven Hakes of San Diego, CA and Rick Weihe of Bellingham, WA grabbed the second round lead at the 2005 Canadian Senior Match Play Championship, conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association.

Hakes and Weihe each fired even-par rounds of 72 for a two-round total of 145, one shot clear of Pierre Archambault of Canidac, QC, whose 1-under 71 matched the low round of the day. Both Hakes and Weihe were defeated in match play last year by eventual winner Billy Graham - Hakes in the second round and Weihe in the semifinals.

After paring every hole on the front nine, Hakes sank an eagle putt on No. 10, the same hole where he had an eagle opportunity the day before. "I played a real solid round today," said Hakes, who credited his good play to missing only six greens in regulation over the first two rounds of the 54-hole stroke play qualifying portion of the championship. Bogeys on Nos. 15 and 16 dropped the 2004 Nevada Amateur champion back to even-par on the day. "The wind made the course play longer today, especially on holes 12 through 14," said Hakes, who teed it up earlier this year in his hometown PGA Tour event, the Buick Invitational.

After opening with a bogey on No. 1, Weihe proceeded to birdie Nos. 7 and 9 to finish the front nine at 1-under-par. A bogey on the par-5 14th dropped him back to even-par for the day. "I hit the ball pin high all day," said Weihe. "I just haven't putted that well so far." Looking ahead to the final round of qualifying, Weihe has his eye on claiming low-medalist honours. "Back in Washington, we have something called the Hudson Cup matches, for pros and amateurs. Winning the medal would earn me valuable qualification points."

Real Gamache of Quesnel, BC and Albert Dowdell of Calgary, AB head a group of seven players tied for fourth at 4-over-par 148. Included in the group is last year's finalist Russ Berkoben, who shot 1-over 73.

"The winds were challenging today and this course is in great condition," said Berkoben. According to the Perrysburg, OH resident, qualifying for match play is the goal of every player and after that things can get interesting. "Anybody can beat anybody on a given day in match play," he said.

First round leader Jack Ramsey of Germantown, TN struggled with the winds and finished at 5-over 149 after a round of 81. After opening his round yesterday by going birdie-birdie, Ramsey began round two with four consecutive bogeys. "I tried to play safe after that and not make any big numbers," he said.

Also tied for third place at 148 are John French of Bloomfield Hills, MI (74-74), David Rovick of Edina, MN (75-73), Gary Shimmin of Okatie, SC (74-74) and J. David Carroll of Napa, CA (77-71).

Among the nine Manitobans entered in the field, Grant Foster of Winnipeg leads the way, currently sitting tied for 30th at 11-over 155.

The following are scores after the second round of stroke play for Wednesday, July 6, 2005.
(Par: 72 Yardage: 6430)

T1 Steven Hakes, San Diego, CA, 73 -72--145
Rick Weihe, Bellingham, WA, 73 -72--145
3 Pierre Archambault, Candiac, QC, 75 -71--146
T4 John French, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 74-74--148
David Rovick, Edina, MN, 75-73--148
Russ Berkoben, Perrysburg, OH, 75-73--148
Albert Dowdell, Calgary, AB, 76-72--148
Real Gamache, Quesnel, BC, 72-76--148
Gary Shimmin, Okatie, SC, 74-74--148
J. David Carroll, Napa, CA, 77-71--148
11 Jack Ramsey, Germantown, TN, 68-81--149
T12 Ford Cartwright, Lufkin, TX, 79-72--151
Ron Green, Mississauga, ON, 75-76--151
James (Jim) Scissons, Saskatoon, SK, 73-78--151
Samuel Adelman, San Antonio, TX 75-76--151
Ron Cleland, Naples, FL, 80-71--151
Steve Earsley, Stuart , FL, 78-73--151
Phil Kerbrat , Calgary, AB, 74-77--151
T19 Howard Broun, Calgary, AB, 73-79--152
Douglas Piper, Saskatoon, SK, 75-77--152
Brian Jeffery, Collingwood, ON, 76-76--152
Tom Walinski, Scottsdale, AZ, 78-74--152
T23 Frank Sutton, Calgary, AB, 78-75--153
Joseph Orgill, Woodbridge, ON, 77-76--153
Chris Maletis, Portland, OR, 74-79--153
Fred Silver, Lewiston, NY, 74-79--153
Stuart Nicholson, Calgary, AB, 78-75--153
T28 Joseph Pavoni, Prospect, KY, 75-79--154
Dwight Sandquist, Calgary, AB, 80-74--154
T30 Grant Foster, Winnipeg, MB, 75-80--155
Denis Eamon Murphy, Amherstburg, ON, 84-71--155
Merv Dusyk, Red Deer, AB, 75-80--155
T33 Gus Kozina, Beach Park, IL, 78-78--156
Sid Segsworth, Sudbury, ON, 79-77--156
Dan Colquhoun, Kitchener, ON, 78-78--156
T36 Don Lamb, Pittsburgh, PA, 80-77--157
Peter Howe, Crawford Bay, BC, 77-80--157
T38 Robert Vidricksen, Salina, KS, 78-80--158
Tom Wilson, Winnipeg, MB, 82-76--158
Alex Tarumianz, Lookout, TN, 83-75--158
Neale Pitches, Wellington, NZ, 77-81--158
Al Brownridge, Winnipeg, MB, 81-77--158
Ross Ellison, West Vancouver, BC, 80-78--158
Fred Lukasik, Rock Island, IL, 78-80--158
T45 Bill Klym, Calgary, AB, 79-80--159
Chris Hundley, South River, ON, 79-80--159
Robert Callan, San Francisco, CA, 79-80--159
John Sostmann, Littleton, CO, 79-80--159
Ross Ballantyne, Midland, ON, 81-78--159
Michael Slocki, Mississauga, ON, 81-78--159
Edward Matias, Winnipeg, MB, 79-80--159
Richard Anderson, Minneapolis, MN, 80-79--159
Robert (Bob) Kraemer, Abbotsford, BC, 82-77--159
Terry More, Winnipeg, MB, 81-78--159
T55 Bob Wernick, Rancho Mirage , CA, 79-81--160
Keith Fawcett, Clandeboye, MB, 79-81--160
Peter Barnes, Westmeath, ON, 80-80--160
T58 Robert Reynolds, Calgary, AB, 84-77--161
Russ Bentley, Regina, SK, 80-81--161
George Granger, North Vancouver, BC, 79-82--161
T61 Merle Byrnes, Richlea, SK, 79-83--162
Ray Madison, Calgary, AB, 84-78--162
Chris Ingram, Brampton, ON, 82-80--162
Eric Sprigings, Saskatoon, SK, 77-85--162
65 David McLeod, Winnipeg, MB, 81-82--163
T66 Francis Crinella, Costa Mesa, CA, 82-82--164
Lane Bickel, Beaconsfield, QC, 85-79--164
T68 John Macintosh, Guelph, ON, 83-83--166
Lindsay Kipps, Surrey, BC, 78-88--166
70 George Hevenor, Toronto, ON, 84-83--167
T71 Ron Newman, Calgary, AB, 78-90--168
John Frost, Pointe-Claire, QC, 82-86--168
T73 Gerald Manale, North Gower, ON, 84-85--169
Douglas Lovat, Kirkland, QC, 84-85--169
T75 Jim Hahn, Plymouth, MN, 86-84--170
Bill Lewis, Imperial, SK, 87-83--170
T77 Gerald White, Cranbrook, BC, 81-90--171
Michael Averbach, Winnipeg, MB, 90-81--171
T79 John Kodman, Gilbert Plains, MB, 86-86--172
David Kidd, Saskatoon, SK, 85-87--172
T81 Gary Thorp, Edina, MN, 95-80--175
Hugh G. Moncrieff, Edmonton, AB, 90-85--175
83 Richard Roback, Minneapolis, MN, 86-91--177
84 Cliff Eccles, Pointe Claire, QC, 90-90--180
85 Brian Johnson, Oliver, BC, 95-86--181
Ronald Adam, Red Deer, AB, 79-81--WD

Conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA), this prestigious national championship features 86 of North America's top senior male amateur golfers competing in both stroke and match play for the title of Canadian Senior Match Play Champion. Now in its ninth year, the event has quickly become one of the most coveted tournaments among senior golfers in North America.

The winner of the 2005 Canadian Senior Match Play Championship will be granted exemptions into the 2005 Canadian Senior Championship held September 19-22 at Le Club de golf Milby, Lennoxville, Que., and/or the 2005 USGA Senior Men's Championship, September 17 - 22 in Rocky Face, Ga.

The competition is open to male amateur golfers who have reached the age of 55 by July 6th, 2005 and who are members of a golf club belonging to the RCGA or clubs in other countries, which are in good standing with their respective associations. A golfer must also have a handicap factor of 8.0 or less on the date of filing the application.

Championship play will be conducted Tuesday, July 5th through Thursday, July 7th, with 18 holes of stroke play each day. The field will then be reduced to 32 players after 54 holes for match play. A competitor's qualifying score will determine his position in the draw. The first two rounds of 18-hole matches will take place Friday, July 8th with the quarterfinal and semi-final matches on Saturday, July 9th and the championship final on Sunday, July 10th.

A full list of participants, starting times and post-round results for the 2005 Canadian Senior Match Play Championship can be found on the Internet at

The Royal Canadian Golf Association is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing close to 400,000 members nationwide. In addition to providing core services such as the Rules of Golf, handicapping, support of turfgrass and environmental research, and BMO Financial Group Future Links, Canada's national junior golf program and supporting the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, the RCGA also conducts Canada's most prestigious golf championships. The Bell Canadian Open and BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while six regional junior championships, 10 national amateur championships and the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour showcase the best of Canadian golf. For more information please visit
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John Tenpenny
RCGA, Communications
Phone: 905-849-9700, ext. 218
On site: 204-279-2072
Cell: 905-741-4251


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